Major 7th Arpeggios in E

This is a good warm-up arpeggio technique you can add to your daily practice. As part of my guitar warm-up, I practice a 2-octave major 7th arpeggio.

Let’s try G major 7, this includes the following notes:

G – B – D – F# then next octave G – B – D – F# – G

You can then move it up one fret to

Ab – C – Eb – G etc

Here is the fretboard pattern:


This arpeggio is move-able and therefore quite versatile. You can also practice this in all positions. Arpeggios are an important part of the technique and improving. In jazz, the notes in an arpeggio are known as chord tones, that is, arpeggios can also be looked at as notes in a chord. I often say to my students that arpeggios are chords in disguise. This helps them look at the underlying harmony the arpeggios are forming.

The word arpeggio originates from the word “arpa” which means harp in Italian, so arpeggio was once thought of as a “harplike” passage played across adjacent strings.